Who the HELL thinks it’s a good idea to bring a kid to daycare with a fever? Much less a kid who has been running a fever of 102 degrees and has a RASH?
Yes folks, someone brought in their kid with a likely case of MEASLES to my mother-in-law’s daycare.
Lord Imp has been exposed. He’s not allowed home until I get the green light from the immunologist. Fortunately, he’s had both rounds of MMR so he should be good to go, but I want a doctor’s OK first.
It’s not only me I have to worry about in this case, but Baby Imp as well. At 4 months, she’s far too young to receive her MMR vaccine. Thankfully, all the other kids in the daycare are all over the age of 2 and are all up-to-date on their shots, and should be immune to it.
But my mother-in-law has two grandchildren in the 4-month range. And unfortunately, she won’t be seeing Baby Imp for a couple of weeks while I ensure that there will be no outbreak as a result of this.
I don’t fault the mother for the child not being vaccinated, he only just turned one, had his first round of MMR done but not the second. Since there has to be at least 28 days between shots, it’s perfectly logical that he hasn’t seen round 2 yet. But I do fault her for thinking it was a good idea to bring a child with a FEVER to daycare. Regardless of what’s causing the fever, that’s not something to mess with.
Part of me feels bad for being as angry about this as I am. She had no idea what was going on until she brought the baby to the doctor. But given recent events, I am LIVID that I may not be able to see my husband this weekend, LIVID that he may not be able to see his daughter and LIVID that I may have to miss work this weekend because he’s in quarantine because I CANNOT be around someone who has been exposed to measles if they have no immunity. I am LIVID that someone thought that a fever high enough to be classified as measles was no big deal (according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, any fever over 102 – which is the low threshold for a measles diagnosis – should not be attributed to teething) and that it was okay to put them in daycare.
I was really hoping to avoid shouting that I have primary immune deficiency from a rooftop. Looks like I’m going to have to in order to keep stupid mistakes like this from happening. I feel like I need to put a big ol sign screaming “ANYTHING YOU CAN TRANSMIT TO LORD IMP YOU CAN TRANSMIT TO ME!! STAY AWAY IF UNWELL!!”
I really don’t want to live in a bubble. But it’s people like these making idiotic mistakes that make it so that I have to severely limit my life. And I don’t like that. Not one bit.